By Jake Donovan
Marco Antonio Periban enjoyed a rare early night's work, easily disposing of Samuel Miller inside of two rounds Saturday evening in Cancun, Mexico.
The bout was never competitive in the brief time the super middleweights plied their trade. Periban, who was coming off of a grueling majority decision win late last year, took the fight to Miller early. Constant pressure proved to pay off, not to mention Miller's general disinterest in trading punches.
Periban floored Miller midway through the second round, a sequence that appeared to serve as the end of the fight. Miller took his time picking up his mouthpiece and rising to his feet, barely beating the count issued by the referee.
The second knockdown didn't produce the same ambition. Periban drilled Miller to the canvas, where he remained on a knee for the full ten count.
The official time was 2:43 of round two.
Periban advances to 20-0 (13KO) with the win, picking up a regional super middleweight title in the process. The significance of the belt is that the unbeaten Mexican will now rise to the Top 10 in the alphabet rankings, thus officially making the transition from prospect to contender.
Miller's career heads in the opposition direction. The loss was his second straight and third in his last four as he stumbles to 25-7-1 (22KO).
A battle of local flyweights produced a minor upset as 19-year old Arely Valente was bested by Yesenia Gomez in their 10-round walkout bout.
Scores were 98-93, 97-93 and 98-92 in favor of Gomez (5-2, 2KO). Valente suffers her first defeat as she falls to 11-1 (6KO).
Alberto Guevara followed up last December's strong showing against Leo Santa Cruz with a dominant points win over Jose Tirado in their 10-round co-feature bout. No scores were announced, but the verdict was well deserved as Guevara (17-1, 6KO) offered a steady workrate with which Tirado (27-13, 19KO) miserably failed to keep pace.
The loss to Santa Cruz was Guevara's first - and only - as a pro, though there exists no evidence of that outcome having an adverse effect on his career.
Former two-division titlist Jorge Linares attempts to pick up the pieces of his once-promising career. The rebounding lightweight scored his first stoppage win in nearly two years when forcing David Rodela to quit in eight rounds.
Linares systematically broke down Rodela - once a promising prospect but now barely a serviceable steppingstone. The beginning of the end came midway through the eighth round, when Linares forced Rodela (16-8-3, 7KO) to a knee in a corner. The action was permitted to continue following the knockdown, but an ensuing flurry forced to the referee to intervene.
The official time was 2:51 of round eight.
Linares advances to 33-3 (21KO) with the win, his second straight after having suffered back-to-back stoppage losses. The Venezuelan boxer-puncher was on his way to a title win in a third weight class before falling prey to a dramatic late-round rally by Antonio DeMarco in their Oct. '11 war.
A cuts-induced stoppage loss to Sergio 'Yeyo' Thompson five months later appeared to seal the deal on his once promising career, though he still lingers on, in hopes of (at least) one more title run.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: